Introducing Barbara-Jo's Chef Literacy Scholarship

Over the 16-year history of Books to Cooks, Barbara-jo has come up with some great ideas. Her latest concept - aimed at inspiring young chefs through her abiding passion for cookbooks - is designed to ensure the bright promise of Vancouver's culinary future. In partnership with Vancouver's Chefs Table Society, Books to Cooks is delighted to announce Barbara-Jo's Chef Literacy Scholarship.

The idea? Chefs will apply to the Chefs Table Society for a scholarship based on a specific project or area of study. They'll be able to apply those funds directly toward purchasing books at the shop.

For Barbara-jo, it's a chance to nourish the principles that form the foundation of her business. "I believe in the preservation of libraries and the knowledge that comes from real books," she explains. "The idea of holding a book in your hand, of spending time to savour the gift of turning each page, is something that should be passed on to each generation."

"We bring in books from around the world," she adds. "They're essential reading for young, professional chefs. But they can be expensive, especially if you're just starting out. So I got to thinking: How can I pass on an experience I've always cherished to the young chefs who need it most?"

Three of Vancouver's finest chefs have volunteered their talent in support of the scholarship's sold-out inaugural fundraiser. Taking place at the shop on Sunday, May 5th - as part of Books to Cooks' popular Sunday Supper series - the fundraiser showcases an elegant collaboration by Quang Dang of West, Hamid Salimian of Diva at the Met, and Jefferson Alveraz of Lift.  Each chef will include a menu based on their culinary heritage, celebrating a diverse array of dishes from Vietnam, Iran and Latin America.

Don't worry if you've missed out on the evening. They'll be other fundraisers in the future. "We hope to build on this inaugural event to eventually create a small lending library for chefs that will grow as the future allows," says Barbara-jo.  In the meantime, if you'd like to make a contribution to this most worthy cause, you can contact the shop about a donation.